Birth of a swap card…

I wanted to show you my creative thought process in creating and designing cards for a swap.  What is a swap, you ask?  Well a swap is where a group of people make a specific number of items that follow a set list of requirements and theme.  In my case, I was to make full cards (not card fronts) and my requirement was to make 5+1 by the deadline date and to only use stamp sets from the Occasions mini catalog.  When I had my first preview of the Occasions mini catalog, I had come across one stamp set that I instant fell in love with.  The stamp set is Vivid Vases.  I know, when I saw this stamp set, that I wanted to do the Coloring technique.  I love doing the Coloring technique, and yes I still color in coloring books too!

When working on a swap I don’t always come up with a design as was the case with this swap.  Sometimes it is hard to come up with one.  So what I did was just stamped the image on Whisper White card stock and colored it in with my favorite colors.  After I colored it, I looked at it and then I made notes on the changes I wanted to make to the next card.  Here is the card with the notes:WatermarkDraftVividVases

I then stamped the image again and colored it according to my notes and made a few more changes.  Then I decided on how to pair it with other card stock to make my cards.  I ended up with this final card:

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Stamp set: Vivid Vases, Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Watercolor Designer Paper, Ink: Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Real Red, So Saffron, and Crisp Cantaloupe.

As you can see, it is different from what I started out with.  Anyone can design cards, all they need is to use their imagination and be open to inspiration!  If you need any of the supplies to make this card, please feel free to contact me at onecreativemom01@gmail.com.

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Changes, they are a coming!

I’ve been home sick today and I had time while I sit against a heating pad, to work on this post.  I just wanted to give y’all a heads up that there will be a few changes around this blog over the next few weeks.  A few days ago, I signed up to be a Stampin Up! demonstrator.  About 5 or 6 years ago, I was a demonstrator for a while but I wasn’t able to stay with it due to unforeseen circumstances.  This time, after talking it over with my family, I decided to rejoin.

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I have always loved Stampin Up! products and still have many of my inks and tools that I purchased.  Plus, my two other sisters were demonstrators as well and when they were no longer demonstrators, they gave me all of their tools and supplies.  So a lot of my stamping and scrapbooking supplies I have were mostly from Stampin Up!.  I will have a Stampin Up! ordering website, but I will also have some Stampin Up! items here on this blog as well.  I will still be posting the same stuff that I have in the past, but I am now adding Stampin Up! posts as well.

The changes will come slowly,  you will see a little here and a little there and it may come in waves.  However, I do plan on having an official on-line launch party when the blog is done and am looking into getting some free goodies for my readers.  So keep returning to see what new changes have taken place and to find out how to get your free goodies when the new blog launches!

Happy Crafting!

Tricia

One Craft Studio, coming right up!!!!

Hi everyone! 

Within the next two to four weeks, my family and I will be moving to my mother-in-law’s previous home after she has moved into her new house.  This move will bring a craft studio to our house.  Although I am very ultra excited about having a dedicated room for all things crafting, it is not just for me.  When my husband first suggested the idea of a craft studio to me, I told him that I wanted it for the whole family, not just me.  We all agreed, it will include my husbands model car supplies and my daughter’s jewlery making supplies. 

There will be a place for my computer, a sewing station, a jewlery making station, a car model station, a place for my cricut machine, a place for a medium sized TV and a bookcase to hold paper and other embellishments.  Of course, this is just the bare bones of what I have planned so far.  Here are some ideas from my Pinterest board:

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This is just a few of the 150 pins I have in my Craft Studio Ideas board.  If you want to see my full pinterest board title Craft Studio Ideas, you can find it here.   There are so many idea of how to arrage the studio that sometimes I feel overwhelmed.  Well before this craft studio is completed, we have a few things that need to be done.  The room needs to be repainted, the windows have to be repaired and painted along with the trim, I need to make curtians for the windows (no mini-blinds for my craft studio!) and it needs to be cleaned.  I also want to start hitting yard sales and estate sales to find just the right piece of furniture to use in the studio.  I plan to have vintage pieces in this room, well as much as my checkbook will allow!  🙂  Once we are ready to get started on the studio, I will take before, during and after photos and maybe…just maybe, if I can figure out how to edit and upload, I might do a video or two as well.  We will see how that turns out.

So, check out my pinterest board Craft Studio Ideas and let me know what your suggstions would be for our craft studio in the comments below.

Have a crafty day!

Tricia